November 28, 2017

Obama Vacations cost Taxpayers $114 Million

Timothy Birdnow

Judicial Watch has done a review of documents released via FOI requests that show the Obamas partied away one hundred and fourteen million dollars in vacations and campaigning. That's all U.S. taxpayer dough.

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Highlights include:

  • Michelle Obama's annual trip to Aspenwith her daughters – where she shut down the airport for an hour – cost $6,970 in air/rail, $5,614.99 in car rentals and $76,078.30 in hotels for a total of $88,663.29
  • President Obama's annual golfing tripto Palm Springs included a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II and cost $10,951 in air/rail, $10,166.79 in car rentals and $162,411.80 in hotels for a total of $183,529.62

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November 27, 2017


Judicial Watch: Obama Family Vacations, Campaigning Cost Taxpayers New Total over $114 Million

President Trump Travel Expenses are Now at $10,381,792.35.

(Washington, DC)Judicial Watchannounced today that it obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force and the Secret Service in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and two FOIA lawsuits for travel expenses by the families of former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump.

The total for Obama travel is $9,028,346.90 for this production of documents. Added to thepreviously releasedcosts, the known total for travel expenses for the Obamas is now$114,691,322.17.

The total for President Trump's travels in this production is $2,821,367.34. Added to the previously released costs, the known travel costs are now $10,381,792.35.

Judicial Watch obtained new Obama travel records from the Secret Service as the result of a May 2017 FOIA lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security(No. 1:17-cv-01007)). Judicial Watch's lawsuit produced the following travel records showing a total of $9,028,346.90 for Obama travel:
A pair of Obama family vacations the weekend of February 14, 2014, cost the Secret Service $272,192.91:
  • Michelle Obama's annual trip to Aspenwith her daughters – where she shut down the airport for an hour – cost $6,970 in air/rail, $5,614.99 in car rentals and $76,078.30 in hotels for a total of $88,663.29
  • President Obama's annual golfing tripto Palm Springs included a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II and cost $10,951 in air/rail, $10,166.79 in car rentals and $162,411.80 in hotels for a total of $183,529.62
Michelle Obama made two North Carolina trips in 2016to campaignfor Hillary Clinton. Air Force expenses total $40,902.40. In both trips, she took a C-40C military jet operating at $5,312 per hour.
  • Michelle Obama flew to Charlottesville then to Raleigh onOctober 4 for 2.1 hours at a total of $11,155.20
  • Michelle Obama flew roundtrip to Belville and then Salem onOctober 26 and 27 for a total of 5.6 hours at $29,747.20.
Air Force and Secret Service records show President Obama's annual trips to Chicago cost $7,444,780.78
Secret Service showed expenses for Obama's post-presidency travels of $1,913,702.21 including: $936,742.56 in hotels; $159,393.40 in air/rail; $2,684.11 in car rentals; $819.70 in overtime; and $814,062.44 in miscellaneous expenses. The destinations of these trips were withheld under "privacy" and "law enforcement" exemptions.

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Read the entire report; it's a real eye opener. The Obamas view themselves as royalty, the ultimate entitlement. They are welfare recipients juiced up on Kryptonite. 

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